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Wild Side seeks to raise funds for environmental law issues

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Staff Report
Published Sept. 28, 2015

The South Carolina Environmental Law Project will host its 6th annual Wild Side celebration on Saturday at Hobcaw Barony, a 16,000-acre wildlife refuge on Winyah Bay.

The event honors the memory of the organization’s founder Jimmy Chandler, who died in 2010. Through his legal work Chandler, a native of Georgetown County and resident of Pawleys Island, set precedents that are still in place today. Those achievements include measures that protect swamps, wetlands, salt marsh, beaches, and natural resources.

He also established in 1987 the Environmental Law Project as a 501(c)(3) organization that provides legal assistance to organizations, communities and citizens groups.

Saturday’s featured speaker Jonathan Green, a Lowcountry artist, will give a presentation on the Gullah community’s role in protecting the natural resources of South Carolina and how he honors that legacy through his paintings.

The event also will offer a menu of seasonal and locally sourced and sustainable food prepared by Bistro 217’s chef, Adam Kirby, a selection of wine and beer and an assortment of desserts from Grey Ghost Bakery.

A silent auction, featuring the work of local artists and special get-away and experience packages as well as kayaks, paddleboards and fishing equipment, will be followed by a cash prize raffle drawing.

Tickets cost $75 per person, $125 per couple, and can be purchased by clicking here. Tickets also are on sale online at Bistro 217, U.S. Highway 17 in Pawleys Island or by calling the organization at 843-527-0078. (A reserved table for 10 can also be purchased for $1,000).

Presented by Founders Federal Credit Union, all funds raised at the event and through the sale of raffle tickets for a cash prize drawing will go directly to support the work of non-profit.

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